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December 2000

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Debunking Tier 0 Storage
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flash SSD Jargon Explained
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OTG Software Launches DiskXtender for UNIX................................................................
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BETHESDA, Md., December 28, 2000 – OTG Software today announced the availability of DiskXtender™ for UNIX, new storage software that extends OTG's expertise in Windows NT/2000 storage systems to the UNIX platform.

With this new product, OTG is addressing the storage and access needs of customers operating in multiple platform environments, and enabling true heterogeneous and centralized storage management. DiskXtender's ability to scale to meet enterprise level storage requirements is also key for UNIX environments with vast amounts of enterprise data.

According to IDC, more than half of all storage software runs on UNIX and NT for a combined $3 billion market in 2000 growing to a $6 billion market in 2003. Gartner Group reports that UNIX and NT storage growth has made open system storage management an imperative as UNIX and NT storage acquisition and management costs drive capital and staff investments. Gartner also estimates that by 2004 there will be 800 petabytes of external storage on UNIX systems.

"We are very excited about the new opportunities surrounding OTG's launch of DiskXtender for UNIX. We now can offer complete online storage and access to our thousands of installed customers that have multi-platform computing environments, improving their productivity and lowering total cost of ownership of mission critical data," said Richard Kay, president and CEO of OTG Software. "DiskXtender provides a solid storage infrastructure to support UNIX systems that are traditionally the nucleus of the enterprise data center."

DiskXtender for UNIX provides intelligent, automated storage management and access to enterprise data, transparently moving data from disk systems to secondary storage media such as tape, optical and DVD-RAM for cost-effective storage. DiskXtender for UNIX provides high throughput data movement of hundreds of megabytes per second with virtually no limits on the number of files or file size. The product also manages data automatically based on rules, configurable to the file level, for migration, storage and retention. DiskXtender for UNIX supports Sun Solaris, HP-UX, SGI IRIX and Compaq Tru64 UNIX and is available now. ...OTG Software profile

See also:- Market research & STORAGE analysts, SPARC Product Directory

O&O Defrag 2000 Network Edition

Berlin - December 21st, 2000 - The new network edition of O&O Software's successful defragmentation software: O&O Defrag is released to manufacturing.

With the new network edition O&O proves its technology leadership within hard disk defragmentation now also in the segment of defragmentation over large Windows NT/2000-networks. Convince yourself of how easy defragmentation within Windows NT/2000-networks has become to achieve a maximum of performance. With O&O Defrag 2000 Network Edition, O&O Software, based in Berlin, Germany, presents the network version of their successful O&O Defrag for Windows NT/2000. Based on the O&O Enterprise Management Console (O&O EMC), defragmentation of large Windows NT/2000-networks becomes easier than ever before: centralized client installation with drag & drop, execution and scheduling of defragmentation jobs for single computers or free definable groups and much more.

Olaf Kehrer, Managing Director of O&O Software, is confident: "O&O Defrag 2000 Net is a must-have for every administrator! Its easy and intuitive handling allows it to be distributed and configured over a network within minutes. The result is a maximum of performance accompanied by minimized expenses". ...O&O Software profile

Iomega Jaz FireWire Adapter Now Shipping

ROY, Utah, December 21, 2000 - Iomega Corporation today announced that its new FireWire® (IEEE 1394) adapter for Jaz® 1GB and 2GB drives is now shipping domestically.

European shipments of the new FireWire adapter are expected to commence in January 2001.

"We are very pleased to introduce Jaz FireWire connectivity for the Macintosh and PC platforms," said Michael Ludgate, product general manager, Zip/Jaz, Iomega Corporation. "The FireWire adapter gives our Jaz customers leading-edge speed and flexibility, providing them with maximum performance from their Jaz drives in demanding applications."

The Jaz® FireWire® adapter makes the Jaz drive hot-swappable, allowing users to connect and use the drive without turning off and rebooting their computer. It is compatible with Power Macintosh® G3/G4 or iMacTM DV with a FireWire controller running Mac® OS 8.6-9.x., and with Windows® 98SE, Windows Me, and Windows 2000 PCs with a FireWire controller. The Jaz® FireWire adapter is available for $99.95 (U.S. estimated retail price) through major distributors and resellers and from Iomega at A promotional bundle consisting of the Jaz 2GB drive and a free FireWire adapter is expected in the U.S. market in early January for $349.95 (U.S. MSRP).

With more than 2.7 million shipped, Iomega's Jaz® 1GB and 2GB drives are the preferred high capacity storage platform for professionals in data-rich environments such as graphic design, publishing, software development, 3D CAD/CAM, enterprise management systems, database management, and entertainment authoring. Jaz drives offer performance surpassing that of many hard drives, so users can author dynamic digital content directly on Jaz disks. ...Iomega profile

Dot Hill Signs OEM Agreement With Motorola

CARLSBAD, Calif.- Dec 21, 2000 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. has won a two-year contract renewal from Motorola to provide custom telecommunication solutions.

Motorola Inc. has once again selected Dot Hill as its OEM partner for the SwitchMATE II in a projected multimillion-dollar agreement. Under the contract, Dot Hill will continue to use its proven expertise in storage and telecom infrastructure solutions to design, develop, and integrate Motorola's SwitchMATE II wireless network management system in-house. The SwitchMATE II is -48v compatible and helps cellular service providers manage their switch operations, ensuring high availability and allowing for seamless interconnectivity to Motorola's entire family of network management products.

"We are proud of Dot Hill's continued affiliation with Motorola and the ability to supply them with the critical performance and reliability levels demanded by the telecom industry," said Richard Search, senior vice president of marketing and product management, Dot Hill. "This win validates the success of our past performance and demonstrates that Dot Hill is a viable OEM partner for the telecommunications and service provider markets." ...Dot Hill Systems profile

WorldStor Locks Up $33 Million Second Round

FAIRFAX, VA – Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - WorldStor, Inc announced today that it has secured over $33 million in their second round of financing.

The funds were secured through investment partnerships with W. R. Huff Asset Management, Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, Keystone Venture Capital, Five Paces Ventures and other strategic investors. This infusion of capital will be used to support WorldStor's rapidly growing infrastructure and to meet the rising staffing needs that have come with its exceptional growth over the past six months, including a dramatic increase in its client list. ...WorldStor profile

SanDisk Flash Memory Cards Survive Mishaps

SUNNYVALE, CA, Dec. 19, 2000 - SanDisk flash memory cards survive plane crashes, bouts with washing machines and other mishaps.

...As Ron Rosberg's water plane touched down on Northern California's Clear Lake last August, he expected another normal landing on the resort lake. But, within moments, the touchdown turned into a terrifying experience for Rosberg, a high-tech commentator on Bay Area radio stations, and his young nephew seated next to him. One of the plane's struts suddenly collapsed, sending the aircraft into a spiraling crash amid an explosion of water and metal. Within seconds, Rosberg's plane had flipped over and started sinking. He and his nephew struggled to rip off their shoulder and waist safety harnesses. Both were able to free themselves and swim safely to the surface. They were not injured in the crash. However, Rosberg's HP 200LX handheld computer with 3,000 phone numbers stored on a SanDisk CompactFlash card had disappeared into the bottom of the lake. Rosberg quickly hired a diver to rescue some of his belongings that had gone down with the wreckage of the aircraft but the diver couldn't locate the computer. Rosberg considered the loss of his 3,000 business and personal phone numbers a significant setback.

Eight months later the diver went down again into the lake on a separate job, and while on the bottom, decided to look for the handheld computer. This time he found it and took it to the resort Rosberg operates on the lake. Rosberg slowly slid the dripping card out of the ruined computer. He carefully dried the card and slipped it into another computer. Would the card, after being submerged underwater for eight months, still work and bring back his critical list of phone numbers? The answer popped up immediately on the screen. The card still worked and every phone number was intact.

"It's incredible that something so complex was able to survive eight months of being underwater and then work so perfectly," said Rosberg. His experience is only one example of the durability of SanDisk's solid-state flash memory cards, which include CompactFlash, MultiMediaCards and PC cards.

Over the years, SanDisk flash memory cards have survived arctic temperatures, being run over by cars and trucks and being accidentally sent through washing machines and dryers. Sue Bardakos of Pleasanton, CA had the washer-dryer experience. Her husband had left one of the MultiMediaCards, used for an I-Jam MP3 player, in one of his shirt pockets. She retrieved the card as she pulled the wash from the dryer. Mrs. Bardakos, sure that the hot temperatures, churning washer, soap and tumbling dryer had destroyed the card, was astounded when she inserted it into the MP3 player and clearly heard the favorite music that her husband had recorded on the card.

In the Midwest, a farmer lost one of the cards from the computer inside his high-tech combine. He found the card later, buried in a morass of mud and grass, where the combine had run over it. After carefully cleaning the card, it worked perfectly. The card contained invaluable information that recorded the rate of growth of different fields on his farm.

In another case, the owner of a handheld computer accidentally left the machine on top of his car. As he started to drive, the small computer fell off the car roof and was crushed by the car's tires. However, the SanDisk card survived intact.

Lito Seva, SanDisk's senior director of worldwide applications engineering, attributed the hardiness of the cards mostly to the fact that they are solid-state and the fact that SanDisk has garnered an enormous amount of manufacturing experience in building more than 20 million such cards over the past 10 years. He explained, "There are no moving parts and there is nothing that would cause them to corrode immediately, so water won't affect them. They've survived even in ocean salt water. We have many stories of their surviving; however, while we don't guarantee them, they are so robust and reliable that they almost always continue working after exposure to extremely detrimental environments." ...SanDisk profile, industrial SSDs

Editor's comments:- just as amazing as the above stories:- Danish engineering publication, Ingeniøren, tested a VXA Drive, and discovered that after coffee dunk, boiling and freezing it still read the data OK (pdf). Earlier this year I was talking to Peter Rodrigues at ActionFront Data Recovery, and he told me about some incredible data recovery jobs they've done over the years on disk drives. But remember that prevention is better than cure.

Vixel Signs OEM Agreement with NEC

Bothell, WA, December 19, 2000 - Vixel Corporation today announced an OEM agreement with NEC Corporation.

NEC will bundle the Vixel 2100 Managed Hub with Zoning with its new Express5800 series servers to enable the delivery of SAN based solutions to NEC's extensive customer base and channel partners. NEC's Express5800 series servers address a wide range of low-end to high-end computing requirements, supporting workgroup, departmental and enterprise-level environments.

A combination of the NEC Express5800 rack-mounted servers and the Vixel 2100 will be used to support clustering applications for high availability of data, tape backup applications to protect data and disk array applications.

"The tower-configured predecessor to NEC's new Express5800 server series, has been the most popular server product in Japan for the past few years, so we believe we are well positioned to have a very successful OEM effort," said Jim McCluney, president and CEO of Vixel Corporation. "We are pleased that an industry leader like NEC has selected Vixel and we're looking forward to a very productive collaboration with our new OEM partner."

The Vixel 2100 Managed Hub with Zoning offers four times the performance of a traditional managed hub at the same price point, providing a cost effective, robust and flexible solution. Vixel's unique zoning function ensures maximum loop stability and reliability, delivering four independent loops that can be divided into 100 MBps zones. Additionally, the Vixel 2100 prevents disruptions to applications when a new device is added or subtracted from a Fibre Channel loop by zoning the LIP (Loop Initialization Primitive) process and isolating them from applications that are sensitive to delays. ...Vixel profile

XIOtech Triples Minneapolis Manufacturing Capacity

Eden Prairie, Minn., December 18, 2000 - Less than a year after being acquired by Seagate Technology, XIOtech Corporation announced that it is tripling its local manufacturing capacity to accommodate customer demand for its MAGNITUDE SAN.

XIOtech's larger manufacturing facility is located at its new headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., which will also accommodate its growing employee base that now stands at more than 300 employees versus just 80 a year ago.

The SAN market that XIOtech competes in is growing at 34 percent per year and, according to Dataquest, is expected to reach $52 billion by 2003. The explosive demand for data storage has led to XIOtech's own rapid growth, including more than a five-fold increase in the number of storage systems sold in the last year, and the doubling of the average storage capacity shipped per SAN. The company's new storage software technologies, including its most recent product addition, REDI SAN Links, have also led to more customers ordering multiple SANs from XIOtech. REDI SAN Links enables servers to have access to more than one MAGNITUDE SAN, providing nearly infinite capacity to meet the storage needs of growing businesses.

"We were literally bursting at the seams in our old headquarters and manufacturing facility," said Phil Soran, co-founder, president and CEO of XIOtech. "The tremendous growth that we are experiencing is due in large part to our unique storage virtualization technology, which makes data storage easier for resource-constrained IT departments to manage, configure and expand. But, it's also due to the solid backing we receive from our parent organization, Seagate, who is helping us to grow our business quickly to meet our customers' insatiable demand for storage." ...XIOtech profile

WQuinn and PowerQuest Announce Agreement to Address Windows NT

RESTON, Va. and OREM, Utah - December 18, 2000 - W. Quinn Associates, Inc. announces the general availability of SpaceMaXX SRM(TM) , a family of storage resource management reporting tools for desktops, server-attached storage, storage-attached networks, and network-attached storage devices.

Under the terms of the agreement, PowerQuest will market WQuinn's storage resource management products under PowerQuest's own brand names. The synergy of the two companies' technologies creates a strong customer value proposition for Windows NT/2000 systems administrators. PowerQuest plans to release the bundled solution, along with professional services, training and consulting, during the first calendar quarter of 2001.

Najaf Husain, WQuinn's president and CTO, says, "We are excited about the opportunity to include our patented, industry-standard storage resource management software technology into PowerQuest's leading storage management product offerings. We believe this relationship will create value among Windows NT/2000 administrators by leveraging PowerQuest's extensive worldwide sales channel and by delivering a unique, comprehensive storage management solution set that addresses the growing storage needs of today's enterprises."

Paul Winn, PowerQuest's president and CEO, adds, "The combination of PowerQuest's leading storage management solutions and WQuinn's storage resource management technologies creates a robust, single solution that will simplify the complex storage management tasks that IT professionals face every day." ...PowerQuest profile ...W. Quinn Associates profile

Storability Hires Peter Capodilupo as Chief People Officer

Southborough, MA, December 18, 2000 - Storability, Inc., the world's leading storage assurance provider, today announced the addition of Peter Capodilupo to its senior executive team.

As Chief People Officer (CPO), Capodilupo brings more than 16 years of experience in human resources to the firm. Capodilupo will be responsible for building and operating Storability's global human resource management team.

In the toughest hiring market in decades, Storability has achieved unprecedented success in attracting data storage experts, growing to over 200 employees in less than 9 months. It has promoted its unique people-oriented culture as both a competitive advantage and as an employment benefit.

"Peter Capodilupo will play an integral role in ensuring that our company continues to attract and retain the best storage experts in the industry," said Storability CEO Matt Westover. "In just a few months, we've gathered a large number of the world's top storage experts by creating a culture that balances a drive for results with respect for the individual. Storability is a phenomenal success story, and having Peter on board will accelerate this positive momentum." ...Storability profile

SST Hires Jim Handy

SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 18, 2000 - Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. today announced it has hired prominent memory analyst and semiconductor industry veteran Jim Handy as senior director of marketing.

Handy most recently served as the Memory Group director at Dataquest, a global high-technology market research, analysis and consulting firm based in San Jose, Calif. He brings over 20 years experience in the semiconductor industry to SST. As senior director of marketing, Handy will manage SST's corporate marketing initiatives. He will be responsible for setting and implementing marketing programs for SST's products and the company's key market segments in digital consumer, networking, wireless communications and Internet computing. He will report directly to Derek Best, senior vice president of sales and marketing at SST.

"We are tremendously excited by the addition of Jim to our marketing team," said Derek Best, senior vice president of sales and marketing at SST. "Jim's outstanding reputation in the semiconductor industry and his intrinsic knowledge of the memory sector will be a huge benefit to SST as we continue towards our goal of becoming a billion dollar company." ...Silicon Storage Technology profile

...Years Later:- Jim Handy founded Objective Analysis

SUN Microsystems Purchases Chip Design Checker

San Jose, California, December 18th, 2000 - San Jose based InnoLogic Systems, Inc.. today announced Sun Microsystems had completed a volume purchase of InnoLogic's ESP-CVTM custom memory equivalence checker.

Sun plans to use ESP-CV to verify embedded memories used in their system-on-a-chip-class IC design projects InnoLogic believes that sophisticated embedded memories are essential to system performance and existing SPICE and switch level simulation techniques do not provide adequate functional coverage. The switch to equivalence checking is intended to reduce verification time and increase functional coverage. Sun will be using ESP-CV for memory verification in its design centers.

James Kaku, Global SRAM Manager at Sun said, "We develop complex embedded memories that are key to system performance. ESP-CV equivalence checking provides much higher coverage in much less time than we have been able to achieve with any other technology. ESP-CV's support of bi-directional transistors, SPICE netlist reader and full behavioral Verilog language support were key in our decision to purchase the solution. For embedded memory verification, we feel that ESP-CV is a very useful tool."

Simon Napper, CEO at InnoLogic said, "Booking the Sun order is a significant win for the ESP-CV solution. We believe that equivalence checking for embedded memories and other custom blocks is a critical hole in the design flow. Increasingly, logically complex memories will be key to systems performance and functionality. We provide unique verification capabilities for designers of custom memories and other blocks." ...InnoLogic Systems profile

KOM NETWORKS Supports Compaq's Tru64

Ottawa, December 15, 2000 - KOM NETWORKS today announced that the latest version of their OptiServer® 5.5 software has added support to Tru64 by Compaq, versions 5.1 and 5.0A.

OptiServer® 5.5 is the first optical storage management software ported to the latest versions of the Tru64 Unix Operating Systems and will enhance their performance by permitting the attachment of optical storage jukeboxes to the network. OptiServer® 5.5 maximises network performance and optimizes enterprise storage through seamless integration of optical jukeboxes for magneto-optical (WORM and re-writable) disk drives and media, including 12-inch optical disks. OptiServer® 5.5 supports the latest developments in storage technology such as 14x magneto-optical drives. With OptiServer® 5.5 software, enterprises using Tru64 Operating Systems will now be able to manage these multiple storage devices and media in the same way as standard magnetic hard drives.

"KOM NETWORKS has deep technology experience integrating our storage management solutions with Compaq products. By supporting the latest version of Compaq's True64 Operating System, we help True64 users attain a new level of data availability and scalability for enterprise storage," said KOM NETWORKS CEO Taher Shaath. ...KOM NETWORKS profile

Editor's note:- it's common knowledge that DEC screwed up their Unix strategy many times and went from being the first Unix platform into near oblivion. When Compaq acquired DEC, it surprisingly continued the DEC Unix product line. Readers may be interested in our article:- SPARC systems the first decade - highlights - which also has other links to computer history.

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